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The Invisible Man
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To be quite honest, I expected a bit more from the people who single-handedly fended off the Nazis. But Wells seemed to think his fellow countrymen would be a bit too inept to toss a sheet over the shivering bastard, and punch him in the throat.
1) There may be spoilers for this 100+ year old book in the review.
2) Only comment if you have a WORKING sense of humor.
3) Ser ...more
In a very old episode of This American Life (listen here), John Hodgman asks the ultimate question: Flight vs. Invisibility? It’s an amusing party topic, a fun little game to play, but there’s actually more to it than that. As a “Super Rorschach Test,” the question is difficult to answer because the two choices both tell us very different things about ourselves. Flight is noble, something we aspire to; invisibility is a more primal desire, something hidden and mysterious. There’s even a ...more
Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Evgeny, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen
"A room and a fire!"
On a cold blustery day in February- a mysterious ma ...more
Jeff, have you ever done a serious review?
I might do a poor rendering of a passage from the book, kind of in the author's style in order to embarrass a few of my Goodreads “friends”, who quite frankly usually have it coming or if I’m feeling inspired, I’ll do something really creative.
Jeff, do you set some sort of bar for “creative”? Is there a sliding scale? Define “ ...more
Jeff, Stepheny, Anne, Tadiana, Dan 2.0, Jess, Delee, Dan, Alissa, Steve, Will, Christopher, Licha, Miriam, Jenna, Auntie J, Ginger, and Carmen. Please let me know if I missed anybody.
A mysterious man came to an inn of a quiet and quite backward Sussex village. Would it be a spoiler if I reveal his secret right here, considering it is given away in the title? Anyway, the guy is invisible and it causes no ends of grief for him and down-to-earth inhab ...more
I read this as part of a colossal Invisible Man group read. We're all familiar with the basics of the tale. For a story written before R'lyeh sank beneath the waves, it was surprisingly readable.
So a scientist named Griffin invents a serum that makes him invisible. What's he do with it? Become an even bigger douche nozzle! Griffin becomes invisible and is suddenly above the law, stealing as he sees fit and cheapshotting pe ...more
Take note that I ...more
and my nerdling side that keeps wanting to pick apart the scientific underpinnings of invisibility.
Why did his potions and radiation work, especially on, say, dead body parts like hair and nails? Why would it stop working(view spoiler)[ when the guy died ...more
If can I may borrow and paraphrase from the ...more
This book was highly entertaining, much more so than I had envisioned. I never know what to expect, when picking up one of the classics, and I knew next to nothing of this story going in. I didn’t bother to read the synopsis, let alone any reviews, and I’ve learned from experience to never, ever read the introduction prior to the story. Especially on these older works, or if said intro is penned by Stephen King. For some idiotic reason, they like to assume everyone already knows the tale, and th ...more
I have recently been informed of your actions in regards to invisibility. Let me just tell you- there are some great advantages to being invisible and with that comes a great responsibility. I am absolutely appalled at your behavior and I intend to dictate some rules and boundaries for you. The Minister for Magic has summoned me and requested that I write you a letter.
This letter is intended to set you to rights. Here are your guidelines for you to keep in mind while you ...more
This is what a supposedly serious review of the popular, bestselling, turn-of-the-century sci-fi novel looks like when written by a dunkin' dunce like me- full of gaping holes and disconnected thoughts and jumbled array of funny ideas.
FOR THOSE THAT KNOWS NOT WHAT GRIFFIN IS:
As the title suggests,
He is invisible. An invisible albino , to be precise.(Makes things easier. If you ever plan on putting this theory to test, you should probably hunt down albinos first. As long as you don' ...more
I am generally not a science fiction fan, but this one was masterfully written and kept my interest.
I recommend this book to all.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
In all actuality, I guess my feelings towards the protagonist/antagonist (yes, both are the same character) would be considered a win for the author, as I feel that Wells didn't intend for the reader to truly like this character. What I fi ...more
Read a book you own but haven't read yet.
Does anyone remember this movie?
I was in high school when it came o ...more
In this World, where every body is trying to earn their own Identity, the desire to vanish from the eyes of others, sometimes, seems to be irrefutable among the weaker and unfortunate souls, for which the Invisibility offers Freedom and Power...
The title itself hints what the story might be about: the story of a Wretched-Soul-turned-into-A-Savage who lost himself in the invisibility and tries to regain himself back in the middle of the other haphazard events which e ...more
Invisible Man is one of those rare novels that have changed the shape of American literature. This nightmare journey across the racial divide tells unparalleled truths about the nature of bigotry and its effects on the minds of both victims and perpetrators. Readers are ushered into a parallel universe that throws our own into harsh and even hilarious relief. Suspenseful and sardonic, narrated in a voice that takes in the symphonic range of ...more
“You make the glass invisible by putting it into a liquid of nearly the same refractive index; a transparent thing becomes invisible if it is put in any medium of almost the same refractive index. And if you will consider only a second, you will see als ...more
For this much-anticipated buddy read with Ann, Jeff, Delee,
Tadiana, Stephany, Evgeny, Jess, Auntie J, Licha... sorry, other readers, I've run out of steam on the hyperlinking, maybe later...
I used the Modern Library Classics edition subtitled "A Grotesque Romance." To my great disappointment, the library refused to lend me the one subtitled "a fantastic sens ...more
H.G. Wells’ “The Invisible Man” (1897) is the account of a scientist condemned to invisibility because of an ill-advised decision to consume a concoction that hadn’t been fully tested. After conducting secret experiments for four years while living in London, the scientist, “Mr. Griffin”, sees invisibility as a means to escape from poverty and obscurity, being motivated by is a desire for power and a wish “to transcend magic.” Griffin rela ...more
I've been an H. G. Wells fan for years, but strangely enough had not yet read any of his books, until now. A fan of his stories as adapted to film, the ideas, his influence on the Science Fiction genre.
The writing here is a bit old-fashioned, as is to be expected, but I found it accessible enough. This was not high-brow Literature ...more
امم .. مبدئيا دايما لما بتيجي تقيم كتاب ، او عمل كلاسيكي (ادبي او علمي بالذات) بتراعي فروق التوقيت :))) ، يعني بتراعي فرق الزمن مابين وقت كتابة العمل و اعداده و مابين وقت قراءتك له واطلاعك عليه ! ، و بتراعي التطور العلمي و النقدي اللي حصل من وقتها ليومك هذا ،
في (الرجل الخفي) الفكرة العلمية اللي قامت عليها الرواية نفسها ...more
This is perhaps my favourite of H.G.Wells' books that I have read. This in itself is interesting as it has slipped into a sort of obscurity when compared to the fame of The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. However what I love about this book is its greater grounding in human aff ...more
Born an albino, Griffin has always been an outcast, and as a young chemistry student, his experiments lead to "invisibility" tried first on small objects, then a (view spoiler)[poor cat (hide spoiler)] and eventually himself (view spoiler)[as he flees for his life from a suspicious landlord. (hide spoiler)]
At first, our scientist has a little fun with his deceptive existence, but his life of dread soon begins in earnest when he discov...more
2 March 2016
I was going to open by saying that this was a lot darker than some of Wells' other books that I have read, but when I consider The Time Machine and War of the Worlds I somehow feel that it was a part of his style. Despite that, I do actually consider that this book is somewhat darker and in a way feels more like a sci-fi/horror story as opposed some of the others that I have read (though I probably wouldn't go as far as suggesting that H.G. Wells woul ...more